Somehow out of left field, entrepreneur and music mogul Manny Halley has created a glitzy new Hollywood restaurant named House of Macau, which has all the right red, black, and white hues that would fit in Vegas. Instead, it's placed right along Vine Street in a massive new apartment development, with executive chef Christoffer Binotto (Japonais by Morimoto, Graham Elliott) at the kitchen's helm. Opening officially tonight, the menu boasts bites like crispy rice with uni, soy, and chocolate; stir-fried shrimp lettuce cups; and smoked baby back riblets with hoisin.
Taking a strong page from places like Philippe Chow, Mr. Chow, and perhaps even Hakkasan, the scene-y spot takes cues from across Asia but bills itself as the "first Macanese restaurant in Los Angeles." With 140 seats inside, two cocktail bars, a raw bar (mandatory now in LA), and a huge outdoor patio, it'll be the place to wear your Friday night best and impress the crowd.
Other notable dishes on the menu include crispy duck salad with tricolore cabbage and mandarin oranges, pork shu mai with shrimp gyoza, and a garlic soy-marinaded flat iron steak with baby bok choi. So, is the place authentically Macanese? It likely won't matter to the glamorous types in Hollywood.
When it opens tonight, hours will run 5 p.m. to midnight daily for dinner.
House of Macau
1600 Vine Street